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Affording Genetic Therapies in the Medicaid Program

A study by Jeromie Ballreich, Ijeamaka Ezebilo, and Joshua Sharfstein in JAMA Pediatrics explores potential solutions to the challenge of the high cost of genetic therapies and other specialty drugs for diseases of childhood. Findings suggest a pooled subscription model negotiated across therapies and Medicaid programs may allow manufacturers to focus on the cooperation necessary for the administration of these complex therapies and help achieve the shared public and private goal of assuring access to care. 

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Medical Marijuana Laws’ Effect on the Health and Labor Supply of Older Adults

Study uses Health and Retirement Study (HRS) to compare health and labor supply outcomes before versus after states pass medical marijuana laws in comparison to states without laws. Findings show that older adults’ reported pain declines and overall assessments of health improve post‐medical marijuana law....Read More

Are Older Americans Getting the Long-Term Services and Supports They Need?

With the recent passage of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 (BBA), Medicare Advantage plans can now provide non-medical benefits such as long-term services and supports (LTSS). However, traditional Medicare does not cover LTSS, which individuals and their families typically pay for out-of-pocket. A study examines the LTSS usage patterns and characteristics of Medicare beneficiaries aged 65+ living in the community. Findings indicate two-thirds of older adults living in the community report using some degree of LTSS, suggesting they might benefit from broader coverage of LTSS in the Medicare program....Read More

Impact of Age, Health and Function on Cancer Screening in Older Adults

Study examines cancer screening rates and whether certain population sub-groups among older adults are over or under screened. Findings suggest that the sub-group of younger adults with poor health are over-screened for cancer at higher rates than the sub-group who are older with the same predicted life expectancy....Read More

Racial Disparities in Medicaid HCBS Among Persons with Multiple Sclerosis

Study finds black HCBS recipients with MS are much less likely to use supportive services such as case management, equipment, technology, modifications, and nursing services. As African-Americans are already disproportionately impacted by MS, findings may reflect differing preferences for care or issues of access. ...Read More